Should Goals Be Realistic Or Your Heart’s Desire?

Joy is Measurable

Joy is Measurable (Photo credit: Funkybug)

The New Year is coming up and we’re supposed to be setting goals…30-day goals; 90-day goals; one-year goals.  But as I ponder what I want to write down for my goals some questions arise that I can’t answer.

For instance, do I write down what I really want, or what I think is realistic?  By what criteria do I determine what is realistic?  Is it based on past experience? (I hope not.)  Is it based on other’s achievements? (Shouldn’t be.)  Is it based on what I think I can do? (This would just be a guess.)

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Learning Your Beauty Type Can Boost Your Self-Confidence

Type 4-this and more before-and-afters at DressingYourTruth.com

One of the biggest challenges of professional life coaches is lack of self-confidence. Self-confidence is something that ultimately can only come with experience and even then it can sometimes falter. Of course, it’s to be expected when you’re just starting out, but I have talked with many seasoned coaches who are still struggling with self-confidence.

Besides experience, there are other things you can do to gain more self-confidence and one way is to understand your nature and energy movement and then learn how to express that as well as your natural beauty in how you dress.

Recently, I came across a brilliant system for this while researching resources for my clients. It’s called Energy Profiling developed by Carol Tuttle, and it deals with aspects of your personality in relationship to the flow of nature. The system divides us into 4 types and shows how our energy flows in basically 4 different ways. The 4 types are also connected to the 4 elements of air, water, fire, and earth, as well as 4 natural elements, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.

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Do you have a marketing plan in place for 2013?

Do you have a marketing plan in place for 2013? Do you know what forms of marketing you will be activating next year? Have you scheduled your launches and joint venture promotions? Have you lined up the topics for your teleclasses, blog posts, and newsletters? Have you set firm income goals for 2013?

Well, if not, you’re not alone. Most entrepreneurs do not plan ahead of time, and most entrepreneurs also don’t stay in business very long either. However, successful business owners implement the right marketing strategies at the right time. This is why many hire web designing agencies such as plentyofpixels.com/locations/web-design-minneapolis-mn to create their website and keep them updated as their product evolves. If you are an entrepreneur who’s still learning about marketing, be sure to catch up to the present strategies.

The International Association of Professional Life Coaches™ has taken up the task of supporting your life coaching needs with a virtual 2-hr workshop on Dec. 4th, that will help you plan out all of these things for 2013.

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It happened again—maybe there’s something to this!

the law of attraction

the law of attraction (Photo credit: Brenda Cooper)

It happened again. I spent money on something I really wanted even though I was nervous about the expense. A few of my friends had told me about getting an Opensky credit card to pay with when I purchase these expensive items. Using a credit card would allow me to pay for the product later on, meaning that I wouldn’t have to spend my money right there and then. That’s the good thing about credit cards, however, I recently started considering the Laws of Attraction when purchasing expensive items. Weirdly, after I purchased that item, I received unexpected money afterward. This has been happening ever since I started practicing the principles from the Laws of Attraction. They are really about trusting the Universe/Source/God to give you what you need, understanding how money flows, and your attitude.

Do you tend to cringe when you spend money? I did. Before my study of the Laws of Attraction, I would deliberate on expenditure, then feel bad after I purchased it, especially if it was for myself. Then I would worry if I made the right decision and how I was going to justify and pay for the expense. Going shopping was a painful experience, a struggle of emotions, and my attitude really took the fun out of it.

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A SOARing Experience

“In the midst of our lives, we must find the magic that makes our lives soar.” – Heather Dominick’s SOAR event

I had some resistance to attending my coach’s live event this month.  I guess it was a combination of not wanting to spend any more money on traveling and not wanting to spend any more money on the business until I made some more money.  Can you relate to how we make so many decisions based on money (or lack of money issues)?

In the end I knew I had to go, so I did.  Actions taken in that knowing area are always the right ones and this one proved to be true for me because attending Heather Dominick’s SOAR was a life changing experience for me.  Let me share with you how.

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The Glory of Trees

The Boy Scout Tree

My recent trip to the Redwoods was part of the best vacation I’ve ever had. There’s something about big, ancient trees that inspire awe like nothing else. In one of California’s state parks, you can walk, drive through, or camp in the Redwoods. The average age of the Redwoods there is about 500 years old, but we saw trees that had to be over 2000 years old. Isn’t that amazing?! The attached picture is of one such tree with my husband and I in the foreground for scale. It was about 20 feet wide and we couldn’t really see the top. The Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world. It was a spiritual experience walking among them for two days.

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Time OFF Your Business Is Just As Important As Time ON

Taking time off

Last blog post we talked about working on your business versus working in your business. This post I want to talk to you about not working on your business at all. That’s right, I want to address “time off.”

The one thing we are thrilled to have as a benefit of being an entrepreneur is having flexibility. We can take a vacation whenever we want. We can have lunch with a friend and not worry about the time. We can stop in the middle of a workday to do something fun. It’s the luxury of feeling a little under the weather and being able to spend the rest of the day relaxing watching movies or playing cheap PC games until you feel up to working again. Flexibility is a precious part of being your own boss and it’s what everyone who wishes they were self-employed craves.

But having flexibility can also get you in trouble as an entrepreneur. You may not commit to something because you want to be flexible. You may use your flexibility to procrastinate doing business activities you don’t enjoy doing. You may use it unconsciously to self-sabotage.

What’s the solution? How can you walk that fine line of being flexible and being responsible and accountable?

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Are You Working ON Your Business or IN Your Business?

What's in the bag? Business of Software 2010

What’s in the bag? Business of Software 2010 (Photo credit: betsyweber)

Up until recently, I wasn’t clear on the difference between “working on” my business and “working in” my business. Nor did I understand why that was important, especially for service-based businesses. Knowing what is small business also helped. It’s important to know so you can plan your daily business activities more effectively. Once you have organized all the financials and protected your business, weighing up things like a revocable trust vs irrevocable trusts, security systems, and all the other elements that go into making the foundations of a business solid. You then need to decide on the ins and outs of the business, and what is going to make it more profitable to boost growth.

During your business day you need to spend time working ON your business as well as IN your business. Let me explain.

Working ON your business is doing the activities that bring in clients. These activities will differ depending on what type of business you have. For example, if you own a dental office, sending appointment reminders or using a patient referral program, which you can find out more about at https://www.blog.opencare.com/dentist/dentist-referral-programs, is a great way to engage clients, or in this case, patients. Working on your business is integral to the success of your company in the industry that you’re in. You have to allot a certain amount of time for marketing and promoting activities. You could even get a company like NGP Integrated Marketing Communications to help you do this. They might include making phone calls, writing a blog or article, preparing your newsletter, sending out emails, attending networking events, content creation, and ongoing training-anything that supports the growth of your business.

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